Highlights from this week include: Zoom Zombies behind the wheel; An EV battery battle comes to an end; China leads the world in EV options; Tesla now lets you buy it’s cheapest car online in Canada; VW are back in the news and it’s good news; David Beckham gets free cars from Maserati; the Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car – again; there’s a chip shortage (not the kind you eat); and Honda launches the all new Civic and more…
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We’ve had an interesting week… first we got to spend some behind the wheel of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, and then 2 days later we had the opportunity to take the Ford Mustang Mach-E – Ford’s first-ever 100% electric vehicle, and the All-New Bronco Sport Big Bend out for a spin. With COVID continuing to put a stranglehold on my usual manufacturer-supplied test vehicles, I really appreciate Grimsby Ford providing me the opportunity for this all too brief, but very enjoyable test-drive. While we only got a quick spin around the block, these are two very impressive vehicles. Stay tuned for a full-blown road test in the future.)
Between 2021 and 2026, the Canadian government wants to invest a total of $2.75 billion in the promotion of all-electric buses – including school buses and their charging infrastructure. The $2.75 billion will be available to municipalities, transit agencies and school boards, starting this year. The Canadian government has said that this will support the government’s commitment to subsidize the purchase of 5,000 zero-emission buses over the next five years. The programme is part of an eight-year, $14.9 billion investment plan recently unveiled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for public transit. The Canadian government wants to use this funding to kill several birds with one stone, namely create jobs, boost economic growth, ensure a cleaner environment, and to connect communities.
The Nissan LEAF has been around since the 2010 model year. It got a complete makeover from top to bottom last year and alongside the new looks, it also got bigger batteries and a much-improved range – making it far more useful than ever before. Although I’d never driven one, it was firmly on our list as possibly the next car in our driveway when our present lease was up. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one for a week, but now I have. One thing for sure is – it didn’t disappoint.
The latest hypercar was announced last week and the numbers are staggering: Top Speed: 356 km/h / 221 mph 0-60 mph: under 2.2 seconds All-Electric Range: 1,635 kms / 1,016 miles Curb Weight: under 907 kilos / 2,000 lbs Ladies and Gentleman – here is the Hyperion XP-1, a hydrogen exclusive fuel-cell supercar.
Ford are notorious for keeping new vehicles a secret until they actually launch. It wasn’t long ago that the Ford GT appeared out of nowhere and the media went cock-a-hoop over it – along with the public and those with half a million dollars yelling “Take my money!!” Two of the biggest secrets of late have been the “Mustang-Inspired” Electric Crossover and the All-New Bronco (and a reportedly Baby Bronco).
According to a recent study, 97% of short-range EV drivers do all of their charging at home (or work – where available). So why is there such a huge push among non-EV drivers for a larger public network? Think about this: How often do you actually use a gas station? Once a week, maybe twice if you drive more often. The odds are pretty good that you consistently use just a few stations that are close to home or work – that’s it. So you’re not really using the entire network of gas stations – why would you feel you need a huge choice to plug in an EV?
Today, Ford Took The Wraps Off Its (Finally) Re-Designed Compact Crossover You can’t get a Focus anymore in North America, but the All-New Escape looks like a better replacement vehicle for those not wanting or needing a large vehicle. Riding on the company’s new global platform that debuted on the redesigned European 2019 Ford Focus, this will be the first vehicle sold in North America using this platform.
LOS ANGELES, November 28, 2018 – The new Niro EV opens a world of new possibilities for consumers who love crossover characteristics but also want all the benefits electric vehicles have to offer. Not only can they have all the functionality of a traditional crossover, but they can have it while happily driving past filling stations. When Kia designed and created the Niro, it was engineered to accommodate many different advanced electrified powertrains. First to arrive in 2016 was the hybrid, then in 2017 the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), and now a fully-electric powertrain.